Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi(VCK) president and MP Thol Thirumavalavan on Tuesday urged the Tamil Nadu state government to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the India’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November.
In separate statements, both leaders alleged that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka committed war crimes during the final phase of civil war in 2009.
“The Tamil Nadu state government has a duty to pressurise the Union government with regard to the Commonwealth meet. It has to pass a resolution in the state assembly to exert pressure on the Centre for making efforts to remove Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth organisation and boycotting the meet,” Ramadoss said in his statement. The winter session of the state assembly will start on October 23.
Ramadoss said the leaders of all parties in the state should meet the Prime Minister and hand over the resolution for necessary actions.
The PMK leader said Sri Lanka had lost all qualifications to continue as a member country of Commonwealth organisation. “It has all the qualities for removal from the organisation. Many political party leaders, students and other section of people in Tamil Nadu have been demanding the Centre for more than six months.”
Referring to UN Human rights chief Navanetham Pillay’s report on Lanka, Ramadoss said, “When the UN Human Rights commission asked the Sri Lankan government to withdraw army from northern province, Rajapaksa refused to accept it. Similarly, he refused to give police and land power to Tamils while Indian government asked him to implement 13th amendment.” However, the Centre was not taking a tough stand against Sri Lanka, he added.
Urging the state government to pass a resolution in the state assembly, Thirumavalavan said, “Neither the Prime Minister nor any representation from India should participate in the CHOGM meet. I request chief minister J Jayalalithaa to pass a resolution in this regard.”(Times of India)